An off-duty cop who violently attacked a mum as she walked home will face a gross misconduct hearing.

West Midlands Police said PC Oliver Banfield was removed from front-line duties throughout the criminal investigation and had now been suspended.

Banfield, 25, carried out the drunken attack on mum of two Emma Homer, wrestling her to the ground while verbally abusing her last July.

In video of the attack obtained by Channel 4 news the disgraced officer can be seen grabbing Ms Homer, 36, and threatening to arrest her while she cries at him to leave her alone.

Banfield, of Bidford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Friday (March 19), where he was sentenced to a 14-week curfew, banning him from leaving his house between 7pm and 7am.

Banfield was also ordered to pay his victim £500 compensation and court costs totalling £180.

Emma Homer
Emma Homer

Deputy Chief Constable Vanessa Jardine, from West Midlands Police, said: “Oliver Banfield was removed from public-facing police duties after the assault and while the investigation by Warwickshire Police was being carried out.

“To protect the criminal case we’ve not been able to carry out our own misconduct investigation until its conclusion.

“Now sentencing has taken place, our investigation will be carried out and PC Banfield faces allegations of gross misconduct and is currently suspended.

“We understand the strength of feeling surrounding the desperately sad death of Sarah Everard and concerns on the issue of women’s safety but it would not be appropriate for us to comment further at this stage.

“Our role is to protect the public, who should be able to trust us. We therefore hold all our officers to the highest standards and we will take appropriate action against anyone whose actions fall below what is expected.”

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: “My thoughts are with the victim of this awful crime.

“It is right that Oliver Banfield is now facing a gross misconduct investigation and has been suspended.

“It would not be appropriate for me to comment further and potentially prejudice this serious process.

“I have asked the Chief Constable for a briefing on the steps taken by West Midlands Police.”

Ms Homer told Channel 4 news her complaint was not taken seriously by police until she was able to provide CCTV footage of the attack herself.

Warwickshire Police, the investigating force, said in a statement to the broadcaster: “In relation to this specific case… we acknowledge that, due to internal process errors, the initial response to the report of the assault was not as swift as it should have been, and an apology has been issued with regards to this.

“How victims of crime are treated is of paramount importance to Warwickshire Police, and much time is spent reviewing our services and identifying where improvements can be made.

“We remain committed to protecting the most vulnerable people in our communities from harm, responding to concerns of abuse, supporting victims and bringing perpetrators to justice.”

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